Monday, May 27, 2013

Watford v Leicester 97th minute goal #soccer #football

I've been a soccer (football) fan since I started playing at age 5, and I think that this 97th minute Watford goal in the 12 May 2013 Watford v Leicester semifinal match after their goalkeeper saved a Leicester penalty kick and follow up, a goal that tied the aggregate score of the teams' back to back games against each other and allowed Watford to advance according to league rules for tie breaking, is the greatest goal I've ever seen because of the moment's impossible drama and because of every little thing that had to go right for Watford's team - from the back to back saves by their keeper to the Watford player getting a service ball across the box with a Leicester defender right there in front of him to the ensuing header and one time finish - and how it all magically came together.

Addendum: shame Watford's run ended today in a 1 - 0 extra time loss to Crystal Palace with promotion to the Premier League on the line (though Crystal Palace fans would surely disagree).

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Article on the State of Capitalism by Igor Greenwald in Forbes

Its provocative title slightly misleads, but this article has excellent content, particularly in its discussion of the healthcare industry within American capitalism today:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/igorgreenwald/2013/01/07/is-capitalism-dying/

Review of Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow

Bellow's understanding of the inevitable direction of the capitalistic moral compass permeates the humor in this, my favorite of the three of his books I've read to date:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/607643756